Creator / Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolaño (1953 – 2003) was a Chilean writer and poet. He originally wrote poetry, but changed to write fiction for money (after all, he had a family to feed). He had a kind of tendency of taking an Ensemble Dark Horse from one book (or sometimes just a minor character) and writing a story around that character.

Even though he was from Chile, he spent very little time in the country and lived in Spain. He was also very critical of the writers in Chile, particularly Isabel Allende, decrying their (perceived) lack of talent. This makes him somewhat of a Base Breaker among Chilean readers.

He has been dead for a while, but is still publishing books. That shows you how prolific he was. Many of his published works have yet to be published in English, presumably because bringing them all out at once would run the risk of over-saturating the market with new (in English) Bolaño works.

Do not confuse with Roberto Gómez Bolaños, also known as Chespirito.

Books written by Bolaño with their own pages here:

Tropes in the works of Roberto Bolaño: